Year In Review: Postseason Bound
This is the fourth in our eight-part Summer Year-In-Review Series. Each Monday, we will recap one of the top stories from the 2013-14 year. In Part Four, we continue in a busy November and the first two of six Green Terror teams to make ECAC tournaments during the year.
During the 2013-14 year, McDaniel had six teams earn bids into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament. For two teams, it was a first-ever appearance. Three more made it back-to-back appearances and another made its first appearance in nearly a decade.
McDaniel hosted Arcadia in the first round of the 2013 ECAC South tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Green Terror earned the No. 2 seed and took on the seventh-seeded Knights (11-4-5) in the quarterfinals of the eight-team tournament. McDaniel made its first ECAC appearance.
Arcadia 3, McDaniel 1: Arcadia scored twice in the first half to key a 3-1 victory over McDaniel. Christina Wroblewski scored the lone goal for the second-seeded Green Terror, who carried play for much of the second half but could not overcome the halftime deficit.
McDaniel travelled to Bethany (W.Va.) for the 2013 ECAC Southwest volleyball tournament on Saturday. The Green Terror earned the No. 4 seed and played the host Bison (28-10) in one of the semifinals. McDaniel made its first ECAC appearance.
Bethany 3, McDaniel 0; Grove City 3, McDaniel 0: Kloe Martin recorded 20 kills to lead McDaniel. The Green Terror dropped a 3-0 decision to the host Bison in the semifinals before falling 3-0 to Grove City in the consolation match. Martin had seven kills against Bethany and 13 against the Wolverines while Madeline Rose added 12 kills in the third-place match.
McDaniel travelled to Stevenson for the 2014 ECAC Southeast tournament on Saturday, Mar. 8 and played Neumann in the semifinals. The Green Terror earned the No. 3 seed and took on the second-seeded Knights. McDaniel made its second straight ECAC appearance.
Neumann 73, McDaniel 65: Neumann went on a 16-4 run midway through the second half to open up a double-digit lead, defeating McDaniel, 73-65. Tim Stewart recorded 15 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead the Green Terror, whose season finished with a program record-tying 18 wins.
McDaniel hosted Delaware Valley in the first round of the 2014 ECAC South tournament on Wednesday, Mar. 5. The Green Terror earned the No. 2 seed and took on the seventh-seeded Aggies in the quarterfinals of the eight-team tournament. McDaniel made its first ECAC appearance since 2006.
McDaniel 73, Delaware Valley 58: McDaniel outscored Delaware Valley 45-26 in the second half to rally for a 73-58 victory. Steph Perez led the Green Terror with 18 points while Lindsey Nichols added 13 points off the bench.
With the win, McDaniel advanced to the semifinals and travelled to Catholic for a semfinal game against No. 3 St. Vincent on Saturday, Mar. 8 in the second of two semfinals.
McDaniel 77, St. Vincent 70: McDaniel tallied eight of the final nine points in the first half to open up a 34-26 lead en route to a 77-70 victory over St. Vincent. Freshman Karli Zeps powered the Green Terror into its first ECAC championship game, establishing a career best with 27 points – the most by a McDaniel player since Whitney Snoops' 29 against Goucher on Jan. 25, 2011 and the most by a Green Terror freshman since Cindy Boyer scored 33 at Albright on Jan. 8, 1984.
With the win, McDaniel advanced to the championship game against top-seeded and host Catholic on Sunday, Mar. 9.
Catholic 75, McDaniel 63: Catholic strung together a 16-0 run late in the first half to turn a tie game into a double-digit lead then staved off a McDaniel rally for a 75-63 victory. Emma Wingerd led the Green Terror to the runner-up finish with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Lindsey Nichols contributed 10 points off the bench.
McDaniel hosted Alvernia in the first round of the 2014 ECAC Mid-Atlantic tournament on Wednesday, May 7. The Green Terror earned the No. 2 seed and hosted the seventh-seeded Crusaders in the quarterfinals of the eight-team tournament. McDaniel made its second straight ECAC appearance.
McDaniel 17, Alvernia 7: McDaniel used a record-setting night from junior Danielle Entrot to help the team to a 17-7 victory over Alvernia. Entrot registered 10 points in the game, adding five assists to five goals to five her the single-season program record for points.
With the win, second-seeded McDaniel advanced to the semifinals and hosted No. 3 St. Joseph's (L.I.) on Saturday, May 9 at Alvernia.
St. Joseph 14, McDaniel 13: St. Joseph's (L.I.) scored the first three goals of the game and never trailed, holding on for a 14-13 victory over McDaniel. Julia Jacobs was one of three players to tally four points for the Green Terror, scoring four goals. Bridget Bopst and Monica Parcell added two goals and two assists each.
McDaniel hosted Cabrini in the first round of the 2014 ECAC South tournament on Thursday, May 8.. The Green Terror earned the No. 2 seed and hosted the seventh-seeded Cavaliers. McDaniel made its second straight ECAC appearance.
McDaniel 3, Cabrini 0: McDaniel took advantage of two third-inning errors to score a pair of runs en route to a 3-0 win over Cabrini. Caroline Brehm struck out 16 batters and allowed just three base runners to lead the Green Terror. Rachel Sidney led the offense with a pair of hits.
With the win, McDaniel advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament on Saturday, May 10 at Misericordia.
McDaniel 6, Alvernia 1; McDaniel 4, Misericordia 0: McDaniel scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning in its first game of the day en route to a 2-0 Saturday. The Green Terror took its opening game of the double-elimination weekend tournament by a 6-1 margin over Alvernia before advancing to the championship game with a 4-0 win over host Misericordia. Jackie Liebowitz led the offense for McDaniel, rapping out five hits that included a 3-for-3 showing against Alvernia.
With the two wins, McDaniel faced the Crusaders again on Sunday, May 11 for the championship.
Alvernia 6, McDaniel 5; Alvernia 2, McDaniel 0: Alvernia scored one run in the top of the seventh inning to notch a 6-5 win over McDaniel and force the if-necessary game and then recorded a 2-0 win in that contest to claim the 2014 ECAC South softball championship. Over the two games, Rachel Sidney rapped out four hits to give end her career with 184 for the Green Terror, breaking Julie Backof's program record of 183.